Axial Material Delivery Patents (Class 242/593)
  • Patent number: 10364112
    Abstract: A center feed roll dispensing apparatus including: a roll support that extends in a first direction from a first end to a second end; an end wall located in the first direction with respect to the first end of the roll support, the end wall comprising a dispensing aperture; and a roll stop located in the first direction with respect to the first end of the roll support and spaced from the end wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Harald Giesen, Christina Kraft, Volker Dirk Mowitz, Peter Schmidt, Eduard Zimmermann
  • Publication number: 20150122937
    Abstract: A sheet product dispenser includes a housing for accommodating a source of a sheet product and a dispenser opening for dispensing the sheet product. The dispenser opening is provided in a rotatable dispensing member. Rotation of the rotatable dispensing member is restricted to one rotating axis. The dispenser opening is offset from the rotating axis of the rotatable member. Rotation of the rotatable dispensing member results from a lateral force applied by a pulled sheet product strip onto the dispenser opening such that the dispenser opening moves as far as possible into a pulling direction so as to minimize an angle between the pulling direction and a dispensing direction of the dispenser opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Julien Marietta-Tondin, Gilles Cattacin, Yves Stoeffler
  • Publication number: 20150028148
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a product container for rolls of product, particularly coreless rolls of trash bags. It may comprise a top panel, a bottom panel, a flexible outer wrap and multiple rolls of product. The top panel and the bottom panel may cover each or both ends of the rolls of product while the flexible outer wrap is placed securely around the top panel, the bottom panel, and the rolls of product. A leader may be attached to an innermost unit of the roll of product to facilitate removal of the innermost unit. To enable pulling and separating adjacent individual units from the product container, a partial separation may be defined between adjacent individual units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Poly-America, L.P.
    Inventor: Brad A. Cobler
  • Publication number: 20140361115
    Abstract: A retainer is described for exerting a braking effect on wire provided as a spool in a container. The retainer has a plate-like elastic element with a contact surface adapted for resting on the wire, an outer circumference adapted for being guided in the container, and an inner circumference adapted for allowing the wire to pass through. The plate-like elastic element has an elasticity such that one of the inner and outer circumferences sags down, under the proper weight of the retainer, by a distance of at least 10 mm when the retainer is supported at the other of the inner and outer circumference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Carlo Gelmetti
  • Publication number: 20140183295
    Abstract: A center-feed roll unit for dispensing a web, especially a web of paper or nonwoven material, is disclosed. The center-feed roll has an inner center hole and a minimum inner diameter Dmin defined before a first use of the center-feed roll. A length L of the center-feed roll in a longitudinal direction is perpendicular to the minimum inner diameter Dmin, and the enter-feed roll includes a first end and a second dispensing element. The center-feed roll unit includes an untwisting insert element provided in the center hole. The insert element is elongate and extends from the first end of the center-feed roll essentially along the longitudinal direction, and has an extension x in the longitudinal direction of 0.5·L<x<1.5·L.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventor: Cecilia Nordlund
  • Patent number: 8720813
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing paper from center-feed tissue paper rolls, the dispenser having a housing with a receiving portion for receiving two center-feed rolls, one of which is a full paper roll and the other one an almost used-up paper roll squeezed into the form of a sickle to make the dispenser less bulky. The two rolls dispense through separate openings, which may be linked to a common dispensing nozzle spaced apart from the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventor: Cecilia Nordlund
  • Publication number: 20130153705
    Abstract: A retainer for controlling the payout of wire from a wire container is described. The retainer has at least three segments. Each segment is connected to the adjacent segment so as to allow a relative movement of adjacent segments with respect to each other. The entirety of the segments form a contact surface adapted for contacting the wire contained in the wire container. Further, a wire container is described having a reception space for a wire coil, a wire coil arranged in the reception space, with the wire forming an annular end face of the wire coil from which the wire is withdrawn from the wire container, and a retainer for controlling the payout of wire from a wire container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Carlo Gelmetti
  • Publication number: 20130140340
    Abstract: A low-material-indicating center pull dispenser for dispensing a web of material from a center pull roll. In embodiments, the dispenser includes a housing and a roll support platform which supports the center pull roll when loaded within the housing. The preferred roll support platform has an inward portion positioned to support a center pull roll inner region and a lower outward portion positioned to support the center pull roll outer region when the material forming the center pull roll inner region is depleted and the center pull roll drops onto the lower outward portion and changes position thereby providing a low-material indication. The change of center pull roll position may be viewed by center pull roll viewing structure such as at least one window, and/or a light transmissive housing or a housing portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: ALWIN MANUFACTURING CO., INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Roland Knapp, Alan J. Pierquet
  • Publication number: 20130119184
    Abstract: A dispenser for drum packed welding wire comprised of numerous coils includes a circular lid having an upper surface and a lower surface. The lower surface is floatingly positionable on top of the packed welding wire. A frame extends from the upper surface. The frame includes a hub and a radially extending support extending from the hub to the upper surface. The hub includes an aperture. The dispenser also includes a de-coil conduit having inlet and outlet ends for guiding welding wire therethrough. The inlet end and outlet end are generally at 90° to one another. The inlet end is disposed to receive welding wire in the drum parallel to the coils, and the inlet end is moveable relative to the circular lid as the wire is fed into the de-coil conduit. The outlet end directs the fed welding wire to the aperture in the hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Tiejun Ma, Jeffrey G. Wells, Romeo N. Cossette
  • Publication number: 20130112803
    Abstract: A towel roll product having an absorbent towel roll engaged on its outer surfaces by a flexible, protective wrapping. The upper portion of the wrapping at the towel roll top surface has a tear-away perforated portion that provides a tamperproof closure for the product presale, while allowing the product to be in a substantially ready-to-use state following its purchase. In addition, the perforated portion dictates the size of the opening to be created in the wrapping so as to limit potential of compromising the intended functioning of the towel roll product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: SELLARS ABSORBENT MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventor: John C. Sellars
  • Patent number: 8226071
    Abstract: A cart and detachable hangers system for transporting copper coils that may include: 1) a cart with a substantially rectangular structure that includes at least two opposing side rails and at least two opposing end rails; 2) a plurality of pockets disposed along a top surface of each of the two opposing side rails; and 3) a plurality of hangers, each of the hangers including two projections that are sized such that each may detachably engage one of the pockets. The hanger and the cart are sized such that the distance between the projections correspond approximately to the distance between the pocket on one upper side rail and the opposing pocket on the other upper side rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brock M. Lape, Karl R. Anderson, III, Yannick Lampron, Alain E. Limoges
  • Patent number: 7997522
    Abstract: A center-pull dispenser for dispensing paper towels from a continuous roll, wherein each individual towel is separated from an adjoining towel by a plurality of perforations. The dispenser comprises a housing having a housing back and a detachable front cover hingedly connected thereto at the lower periphery of said housing back and front cover for opening and closing the housing, a paper support tray removably connected to a lower portion of the housing back and having a centrally located dispensing nozzle, an opening in the lower periphery of the housing through which the towels are dispensed, a detachable wall-mounting member for removably mounting the housing back to a wall, and a locking member for releasably locking the front cover to the housing back and the housing back to the wall-mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Cintas Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Petras Titas, Christopher Andrew Brizes, Mark Edward Cipolla, Paul Dana Stephens, Christopher Daniel Carsten
  • Patent number: 7997443
    Abstract: A center-pull dispenser for dispensing paper towels from a continuous roll, wherein each individual towel is separated from an adjoining towel by a plurality of perforations. The dispenser comprises a housing having a housing back and a detachable front cover hingedly connected thereto at the lower periphery of said housing back and front cover for opening and closing the housing, a paper support tray removably connected to a lower portion of the housing back, the tray having a centrally located dispensing nozzle and at least one locking element for releasably locking at least one first hinge element on the lower periphery of the front cover to at least one second hinge element on the lower periphery of the housing back, an opening in the lower periphery of said housing through which the towels are dispensed, and a wall-mounting member for removably mounting the housing back to a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Cintas Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Petras Titas, Christopher Andrew Brizes, Mark Edward Cipolla, Paul Dana Stephens, Christopher Daniel Carsten
  • Patent number: 7971822
    Abstract: A yarn package holder including a support post, a latch block coaxially disposed on the support post and selectively rotatable thereon, a rotatable support block coaxially disposed on the support post above the latch block, a cone holder extending laterally from the support block, a collar coaxially disposed on the support post above the support block and selectively rotatable thereon and stop means extending upwardly from the support block and cooperating with a stop extension extending from the collar to stop rotation of the support block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventor: Mitchell A. Crow
  • Patent number: 7922034
    Abstract: A paper dispenser includes a casing for housing a roll of paper, the casing having a front face, with a dispensing nozzle through which the paper is dispensed, wherein the front face has a hatch for access to the inside of the casing, through which a free end of the roll can be extracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific France
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Neveu, Nicolas Pommier, Philippe Guillemette
  • Patent number: 7887001
    Abstract: An elastomeric fiber can be easily unwound from a package by way of using an OETO unwinding device which comprises a fiber package, a standby package and a static guide such that the distance from the inlet orifice of the static guide to the center of the static guide-facing side of the fiber package is in the range of 25 to 38 cm, and the distance (R) between the centers of the static guide-facing sides of the fiber package and standby package is in the range of 25 to 50 cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Hyosung Corporation
    Inventors: Keon Yong Yoon, Yeon Soo Kang, Seung Won Seo
  • Patent number: 7879177
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for manufacturing multiple layer composite structures and structures containing components made of multiple layer composite structures, comprising dispensing layers of composite material, trimming each layer to its final shape as it is being dispensed, and positioning it properly with respect to prior layers in the part lay-up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Peter D. McCowin, Darrell D. Jones, David P. Banks, Grant C. Zenkner
  • Publication number: 20110006145
    Abstract: A roll of sheet product, in particular of tissue paper, with a central hole along its winding axis includes a cylindrical reinforcing element onto which the paper is wound. The reinforcing element includes at least one ring joined to the innermost turn of the roll, with a width less than the width of the roll and provided with a means of extracting the ring by pulling substantially along the axis of the roll.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicant: GEORGIA-PACIFIC FRANCE
    Inventors: Yves Denis, Rene Sigwalt, Pierre Laurent, Remy Ruppel
  • Publication number: 20100314485
    Abstract: According to one exemplary embodiment of the present invention, a center-pull bottom feed dispenser includes a housing defining a compartment and including a center-pull bottom feed arrangement for dispensing a sheet material that is in the form of a roll of the sheet material. The sheet material can be a pre-moistened airlaid web. The dispenser also includes a tray that supports the airlaid web roll and includes an outlet opening through which the airlaid web is fed to be accessible to a user. The tray includes a moisture retaining feature that directs fluid from the pre-moistened air-laid web away from the outlet opening and toward an outer peripheral edge of the roll.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventor: Stephen Anderson
  • Patent number: 7648098
    Abstract: A low reserve indicator mechanism for a supply of paper towels is disclosed. The mechanism includes a base, a pushplate, and an indicator. The pushplate is connected to the base with a translational degree of freedom therebetween, is biased in a first direction relative to the base, and is responsive to a first attribute of the supply of paper towels to translate opposite the first direction. The indicator is pivotally connected to the pushplate, and is movable between a retracted position and an indicating position in response to a second attribute of the supply of paper towels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Harold J. Goeking, Gregory D. Budz, Michael R. Kilgore, Karl D. Kissinger
  • Publication number: 20090200415
    Abstract: Methods and devices for loading, deploying, and receiving concertina-wire barriers along paths with varying travel or paths located at a distance to the access track of a transport vehicle. The first method includes loading a concertina-wire coil arrangement directly into carry tines and adjusting the tine tilt during deployment to reflect the changing gradient. An anchored portion of the wire stretches each coil longitudinally into its operative configuration and position as the transport vehicle advances. A second method involves a generally analogous process in order to deploy the barrier at distance from the access route. Retrieval for both methods is accomplished by inserting the carry tines in the space circumscribed by the deployed coils so that as the transport vehicle advances the coil arrangement is removed from its deployment location and pressed together onto the tines thereby being disposed for the next deployment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2008
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventors: Ofir Pessach, Ran Pessach
  • Patent number: 7546973
    Abstract: A paper towel dispenser includes a housing with an inner chamber configured to support a paper supply and a dispensing aperture for dispensing paper from the paper supply. The paper supply includes a side that is formed by superimposed edge portions of paper from the paper supply. An indicator mechanism is affixed to the housing within the inner chamber and is disposed adjacent the paper supply. The indicator mechanism includes an indicator operably connected to a release mechanism. The indicator is movable between a retracted position and an indicating position. The release mechanism is pivotally biased away from the housing and is releasable in response to the paper supply being reduced below a predetermined amount. Upon release of the release mechanism, the release mechanism causes the indicator to move to the indicating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Gregory D. Budz, Thomas N. Kershaw, John R. Moody
  • Patent number: 7533846
    Abstract: A generally cylindrical towel roll product comprises an absorbent towel roll having an upright axis, and a flexible, water resistant, protective wrapper engaging the circumferential surface of the towel roll and of sufficient strength to restrain significant diametric expansion of the towel roll when the roll is subjected to an axial load and to increase axial stiffness of the product. The wrapper includes top and bottom portions that encase the top and bottom surfaces of the roll, respectively, the top wrapper portion having an opening providing axial access to the towel roll and through which individual towels can be drawn axially from the interior of the towel roll. A removable and replaceable soil and water-resistant cover protectively covers the wrapper opening, and a rigid disc may be provided between the top surface of the towel roll and the top portion of the wrapper, the disc extending radially to the periphery of the upper surface of the roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Sellars Absorbent Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Sellars, Jerry Ballas, Neal D. Watson
  • Patent number: 7510137
    Abstract: A dispenser adapted to vertically dispense sheet material therefrom is provided. The dispenser includes a housing, configured to support a sheet material product therein, a platform with an opening, and an exit plate. The exit plate is adapted to reposition when the sheet material is dispensed by the user at a deflection angle relative to the vertical dispensing axis of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Francis Tramontina, Gerald L. Clark
  • Publication number: 20090026306
    Abstract: A roll of paper (18) is stored in a container (16). Paper is drawn from the internal wrapping of the roll (18) out through an opening (20) to form a loose spiral (22) having overlaps of three thicknesses of paper. The paper is pulled by an operator. When the desired length has been pulled the paper is pulled down to cause a lever (24) to be pulled down to expose a serrated knife (26) which then cuts off the paper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2006
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventors: Mark Kempster, Theo Thomas
  • Publication number: 20080290210
    Abstract: A dispenser adapted to vertically dispense sheet material therefrom is provided. The dispenser includes a housing, configured to support a sheet material product therein, a platform with an opening, and an exit plate. The exit plate is adapted to reposition when the sheet material is dispensed by the user at a deflection angle relative to the vertical dispensing axis of the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Paul Francis Tramontina, Gerald L. Clark
  • Publication number: 20080290211
    Abstract: A towel roll holder and dispenser has a housing for receiving a towel roll therewithin. The housing has a pair of sidewalls, a base connected to the sidewalls for mounting the housing on a support surface, and a pair of cover members pivotable between a closed position and an open position. One of the cover members has an opening through which towels may be dispensed from the towel roll. The cover members are releasably fastened to the sidewalls of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Dominic Briante, Mary P. Briante
  • Patent number: 7441721
    Abstract: Disclosed is a welding wire tangling-prevention device for preventing tangling of a welding wire received in a large-capacity pail pack in the form of a vertically-extending tube-shaped wound body including eccentrically-stacked continuous spiral loops, when the welding wire is drawn out from the pail pack. The device includes a ring member laid on the top surface of the tube-shaped wound body, the ring member including an outer ring having an outer diameter smaller than the inner diameter of the pail pack, and an inner ring having an outer diameter smaller than the inner diameter of the outer ring, a plurality of comb teeth extending from an inner circumferential surface of the outer ring toward the inner ring, and a plurality of comb teeth extending from an outer circumferential surface of the inner ring toward the outer ring, whereby the welding wire is drawn out between the outer and inner rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Hyundai Welding Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyo-Young Bae, Yo-Seong Lee, Sae-Youl Ryu, Sang-Ho Choi, Myung-Sang Yun, Yong-Chul Seo, Jung-Ho Jung, Seok-Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 7434760
    Abstract: A paper towel dispenser includes a housing with an inner chamber configured to support a paper supply and a dispensing aperture for dispensing paper from the paper supply. The paper supply includes a side that is formed by superimposed edge portions of paper from the paper supply. An indicator mechanism is affixed to the housing within the inner chamber and is disposed adjacent the paper supply. The indicator mechanism includes an indicator operably connected to a release mechanism. The indicator is movable between a retracted position and an indicating position. The release mechanism is pivotally biased away from the housing and is releasable in response to the paper supply being reduced below a predetermined amount. Upon release of the release mechanism, the release mechanism causes the indicator to move to the indicating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Gregory D. Budz, Thomas N. Kershaw, John R. Moody
  • Patent number: 7370826
    Abstract: The toilet paper dispenser as claimed for the invention including a housing (6) in which is housed a roll (3) of a paper strip (2), which has perforations transverse to strip (2) defining rectangular paper sheets (5) whose width is transverse and whose length is longitudinal. Housing (6) features a nozzle (9) with a dispensing orifice (10), by means of which the paper strip (2) is unwound. The dispenser is characterized in that the nozzle (9) and the paper roll (3) are disposed in such a way that the paper sheets (5) unwind one by one and emerge with a reduced crumpling as they exit the nozzle (9), the width of a sheet (5) is between 125 mm and 180 mm, and the ratio of the width of a sheet (5) to its length is between 0.45 and 1, preferably between 0.5 and 0.65, the paper being consumed optimally and in a pleasant manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific France
    Inventor: Jean-Louis Neveu
  • Patent number: 7287720
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for dispensing a single paper towel from a continuous paper towel roll includes a housing having a housing back and a front cover connectable thereto for opening and closing the housing. A dispensing opening is positioned along a periphery of the housing, the dispensing opening defined at least partly by the housing back and at least partly by the front cover; a paper retainer member associated with the front cover and positioned to guide through the dispensing opening a tail of a paper towel roll positioned in the housing; and a piston assembly comprising a biasing member and a piston responsive thereto, the piston assembly connected to the housing so that the piston contacts the tail of a paper towel roll extending through the dispensing opening. The dispenser is magnetically attachable to a ferrous metal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Inventors: Marc Allegre, Patrice Minguez
  • Patent number: 7273193
    Abstract: A plastic bag roll, dispensing container and service rack combination allows easy docking and positioning of a dispensing carton into a service rack mountable for varied configurations. The dispensing container is specifically crafted to house a roll of plastic bags. A bag is drawn from the center of the role, pulled along the feed pathway and threaded through the dispensing apertures. The electrostatic binding of the individual bags is balanced against the drag generated along the feed pathway and dispensing apertures to insure smooth and accurate disbursement of a single, hygienically safe plastic bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: Waverly Plastics Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Tracy Lee Slocum, Dominic Trinko
  • Patent number: 7204450
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing garbage bags is described herein. The apparatus includes one or more sides, a bottom, connected to the sides, and a top, connected to the sides. The top includes a slit flap and one or more hole flaps. The slit flap defines a slit. Each hole flap defines a hole and overlaps the slit flap so that the hole is centered on the slit and garbage bags are dispensed through the slit and the hole when the top is closed. The garbage bags may be dispensed, one at a time, from the center of a vertical, upright roll of garbage bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Olympic General Corporation
    Inventor: Trent Hamilton Mallory
  • Patent number: 7131609
    Abstract: A dispenser adapted to dispense sheet material therefrom is provided and includes a housing including a base and a cover. The base includes a platform configured to support sheet material. The platform includes a dispensing disk and the platform has an outer perimeter intersected by a slot thereby providing an opening into the platform and dispensing disk. The housing is formed to include an exit port spaced apart from the platform and dispensing disk. The cover includes a rotatable disk having a plurality of user interchangeable dispensing slots of differing diameters intersecting an outer periphery of the rotatable disk. Sheet material positioned on the platform flows through the dispensing opening of the dispensing disk and through a selected one of the plurality of dispensing slots. The selected one of the plurality of dispensing slots is aligned with the exit port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Paul Lewis, Paul Francis Tramontina, Randy LeCates
  • Patent number: 7073224
    Abstract: A coupling assembly for a portable drain cleaning machine includes a polygonal adapter mounted to a motor output shaft through a threaded interface. A polygon adapter threads over the motor output shaft in a locked male/female relationship to transmit rotation therebetween. A polygonal outer segment of the polygonal adapter telescopes into a polygonal inner segment of a sleeve mounted to the drum. The sleeve slides into a fixed cylindrical member and over the polygonal adapter to removably mount the drum. Rotation of the motor output shaft rotates the polygonal adapter which rotates the sleeve and the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Masco Corporation
    Inventor: Randall Paul Schmitt
  • Patent number: 7066422
    Abstract: An axial center plastic sheet roll with a coreless roll of multiple, discrete consecutive plastic sheets with an area of overlap on each other in the circumferential direction of the roll such that opposite edges of the sheets in sum total define the opposite ends of the roll. The plastic sheets at the area of overlap possess an electrostatic bond connecting the plastic sheets to one another. The sheets are dispensable from within the center of the roll in the axial direction such that removal of one sheet partially removes the next consecutive sheet. A method of dispensing including dispensing the products from within the center of the roll such that removal of one sheet partially removes the next consecutive sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Waverly Plastics
    Inventor: Tracy Lee Slocum
  • Patent number: 7040568
    Abstract: A dispenser adapted to dispense sheet material is provided and includes a housing including a platform configured to support a sheet material thereon. The platform includes a slot, and an adjustable orifice configured to alter a size of the slot is provided as well. The housing is formed to include an exit port which is spaced-apart from the platform. When sheet material is disposed in the dispenser, it flows on a generally serpentine path from the platform and through the exit port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Paul Lewis, Paul Francis Tramontina
  • Patent number: 7028945
    Abstract: Dispenser apparatus for sequentially dispensing sheet material from a center pull coreless roll of sheet material includes a wall-mounted housing having a bottom for supporting the coreless roll on end. A dispenser opening such as a nozzle is incorporated in the apparatus. A tear bar adjacent the nozzle creates stress at perforations that connects two adjacent sheets. When a user pulls a first sheet, the stress causes the sheets to separate. The tear bar is preferably beneath the nozzle, so that the sheets separate at the tear bar leaving an acceptable lead end of a next sheet, when the user pulls at an angle substantially 90 degrees to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: SCA Tissue North America LLC
    Inventors: John S. Formon, Thad A. Tomlinsson, Russell G. Stang
  • Patent number: 7025301
    Abstract: A dispenser for feeding perforated paper towels from a continuous roll of paper towels. The apparatus includes a dispenser body for containing the towel roll and an adjustable nozzle attached to the dispenser body for dispensing an end portion of the continuous roll. The nozzle includes a base having a centralized opening; an upper blade having a first cutaway portion; and a lower blade slidably nested with the upper blade, the lower blade having a second cutaway portion which aligns with the first opening to form a unitary opening aligned with the base centralized opening. A cam assembly is positioned adjacent to one of the upper and lower blades for selectively adjusting the size of the unitary opening. At least one gear is connected to the base and intermeshing with at least one gear rack positioned on the upper and lower blades. The gear provides for equal movement between the upper blade and the lower blade when the opening is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Von Drehle Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel C. Notarnicola
  • Patent number: 6988854
    Abstract: Fiber-optic cable is dispensed underwater into a trench from a vehicle moving along the bed of the body of water. The cable is wound on a stationary spool and dispensed over the end of the spool by a rotary arm driven by a motor controlled to maintain a desired tension in the cable. The cable has a fiber optic core, metal wires wound around the core, and a tensioned laminate of copper tape adhered to plastic tape wound around the wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: Sanmina-SCI Corporation
    Inventor: David R. Porter
  • Patent number: 6964395
    Abstract: A dispenser adapted to dispense sheet material therefrom is provided and includes a housing having an exit port configured to support a centerflow roll of sheet material therein. The dispenser also includes a first tubular member and a second tubular member, and the sheet of material flows over at least a portion of both the first and second tubular members on a circuitous path to the exit port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Paul Lewis, Paul Francis Tramontina
  • Patent number: 6959885
    Abstract: A double-wound center-feed roll is disclosed which is formed from at least two webs each having lines of weakness which allow the webs to be separated into a plurality of sheets. The lines of weakness of one web are offset from those of the other such that in use the sheets can be dispensed singly from alternate webs. A first portion of the webs at the center of the roll is lightly bonded together while a second portion of the webs on the outside of the roll remains unbonded. The center-feed roll of the present invention reduces the occurrence of both web orientation reversal and streaming dispensing problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy James King
  • Patent number: 6869041
    Abstract: Herein disclosed is an apparatus and method for dispensing a single paper towel from a continuous paper towel roll wherein individual towels are separated from each other by a plurality of perforations. The dispenser includes a housing having a housing back and a front cover connectable thereto for opening and closing the housing; a dispensing opening along a periphery of the housing, the dispensing opening defined at least partly by the housing back and at least partly by the front cover; a paper retainer member associated with the front cover and positioned to guide through the dispensing opening a tail of a paper towel roll positioned in the housing; and a piston assembly comprising a biasing member and a piston responsive thereto, the piston assembly connected to the housing so that the piston contacts the tail of a paper towel roll extending through the dispensing opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Inventors: Marc Allegre, Patrice Minguez
  • Patent number: 6769589
    Abstract: The invention consists of a paper towel dispenser for dispensing individual sheets of paper towels from a roll of paper having regularly spaced apart lines of partial severance. The dispenser is comprised of a housing and a housing door which can be pivotally opened to allow a roll of sheet material to be inserted into the dispenser. The dispenser has a funnel-shaped exit to allow the end of the roll to protrude in order to be grasped by the user. A paper towel tearing member is located adjacent to the funnel outlet of said funnel and the opening of this member is adjustable in order to vary the size of the opening of the dispenser. This adjustment of the exit size creates an adjustment in the position at which the sheet tears away from the roll to allow the use of different types of sheet material in a single dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Englewood Ventures, Inc.
    Inventor: Ladislav Paukov
  • Publication number: 20040104299
    Abstract: The invention provides an over-end take off device (OETO) for unwinding elastomeric fiber. The invention further provides a method for unwinding elastomeric fiber for downstream processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Inventors: Daniel J. Heaney, Jon P. Graverson, Dennis Hicks, Kenneth E. Martin
  • Patent number: 6695247
    Abstract: A holder for a paper roll with axial dispensing of the paper from the roll, includes a housing which has an end wall provided with a dispensing opening and tear elements extending around the periphery of the opening. The holder includes members for rotating the web of paper being drawn from a paper roll, which is disposed in the housing, relative to the paper roll in dependence of the length of paper web being drawn out of the dispensing opening, said members being disposed within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventor: Urban Widlund
  • Patent number: 6688544
    Abstract: A package of material for unwinding from a flush end. The package of material includes an elongated winding member to receive a continuous strand of material substantially normal to an axis of the elongated winding member. The continuous strand of material wound about the elongated winding member substantially covers at least one of two ends of the winding member to define a flush end of the package of material. The covered end of the winding member does not protrude beyond the continuous strand of material wound on the winding member. The continuous strand of material is to be unwound over the flush end in a substantially parallel misaligned manner relative to the axis of the elongated winding member. The continuous strand of material being unwound from the elongated winding member is free of obstruction from the covered end of the winding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Mohawk Carpet Corporation
    Inventor: James R. Rader
  • Patent number: 6681776
    Abstract: An apparatus for wrapping hair strands with string or artificial hair is disclosed. The apparatus has a shell that defines an axle having an opening. The axle rotatably supports a drive wheel, a spool of string and a guide wheel. The drive wheel engages the guide wheel. The string passes from the spool past the guide wheel, which has circumferential notches to engage and play out the string. In practice, the user passes a hair strand through the opening in the axle, fastens the string to a hair strand, energizes the apparatus, and moves it along the length of the hair strand as the string is wrapped about the strand. The apparatus is preferably powered by a small DC motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Inventors: E. Olayinka Ogunro, Yiu Kwong Wan
  • Patent number: 6676054
    Abstract: An over-end takeoff device (OETO) and a method for unwinding elastomeric fiber from a package are provided. The OETO includes a fiber guide spaced apart from the fiber package and disposed at an acute angle between 0° and 30° to the rotational axis of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Daniel J. Heaney, Jon P. Graverson, Dennis Hicks, Kenneth E. Martin
  • Patent number: 6637441
    Abstract: A hair wrapping device and method which includes a housing and a motor contained within the housing. A cover is rotatably mounted to the housing and is driven by the motor. A spool for receiving cord is mounted for rotational movement with the cover. The cord is held for rotation with the cover. The cover has an aperture to thread a lock of hair and the cord therethrough. Rotation of the cover by the motor causes rotation of the cord around the lock of hair, thereby wrapping the hair with the cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignees: Spectrum Associates LLC, Kennedy/Matsumoto Design LLC, Longoria Design LLC
    Inventors: Melvin R. Kennedy, José Longoria